Albert Bierstadt was born in Germany 1830, the following year his parents moved the family to Massachusetts. He returned to Germany in later years to study painting. As a member of an informal group of painters known as the Hudson River School, Bierstadt’s style conformed likewise. His travels west sparked a plethora of paintings covering Yellowstone through California’s Yosemite and Oregon coast, to name a few. The style in which he painted was later criticized for being to theatrical. More museum displays of his work came to light in the 1960’s, which brought on a resurgence of his paintings. His paintings are quite dramatic with glowing, luminous lighting in a romantic style. Upon a recent visit to the Seattle Art Museum I was able to get up close to study Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.